Postgraduate medical training in the UK

Over the years, FQMS have selected, funded and placed a number of specialist trainees. This has been either independently or in partnership with Juzoor with funding from the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development. The postgraduate medical training programme utilises the Medical Training Initiative (MTI) Scheme and the International Surgical Training Programme (ISTP).

MTI and ISTP are national schemes, which were established in 2009 by the UK Department of Health. They aim to improve the training of a small number of doctors from overseas. These trainees work within the NHS and gain access to experience that they cannot gain in their own countries. This is usually a two-year programme, but can be as short as 6 months.

The scheme allows doctors to upgrade their clinical expertise, so they can go on to improve the health care available for their field when they return home. It also improves the quality, teaching and range of subjects on offer in the Palestinian medical schools and local residency programmes. This is especially important as an estimated quarter of the health ministry’s budget is spent on referrals to neighbouring countries when treatment isn’t available in Palestine.

The doctors are provided with a stipend and accommodation allowance for the duration of their stay, plus visas, a return flight home, GMC registration and an allowance for training courses and exams.

Postgraduate medical trainees

Through the postgraduate medical training programme FQMS has sponsored:

  • Independently: Rami (neuroscience), Fadi (neuroscience), Inji (renal medicine), Mahmud (adult cardiology) and Hisham (paediatric cardiology).
  • In partnership with Juzoor and the Arab Fund – Phases:
    • I: Eyad (orthopaedic surgery), Bashar (laparoscopic surgery), Alaa (paediatric cardiology) and Naji (gynaecological oncology).
    • II: Maha (haemato-oncopathology), Najib (laparoscopic gynaecological surgery), Islam (interventional radiology) and Mohammad (respiratory medicine).
    • III: Khubaib (endocrine/diabetes), Naim (haematopathology), Assef (endocrine surgery), Nidal (urology), Feras (orthopaedic surgery) and Islam (interventional radiology).
    • IV: to be confirmed.

Additional assistance

We provide assistance in English language learning for trainees from Gaza for fully qualified trainees, who do not have:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) overall score of 7.5 with 7 as a minimum in each category.
  • Medicine OET (Occupational English Test) with a minimum of a grade B in each part of the same test.

More information on postgraduate medical training

Being sponsored through the postgraduate medical training programme is not the only way that that trainees can benefit from this programme. Individual can apply directly through the MTI Scheme and the ISTP for NHS funded specialty-training posts.

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“FQMS has helped me take my profession, as an internal medicine physician, to the next level. The two-year postgraduate Nephrology training sponsored by FQMS at Kent and Canterbury Hospital was a very intense, organised educational programme. It allowed me to gain a wide range of experience in a short period of time. I was able to develop confidence and experience that would otherwise have taken years to attain. It also allowed me to master performing dialysis line insertion and kidney biopsies. Unfortunately, sub-speciality training is unavailable in Palestine, but thanks to FQMS, physicians have the opportunity to do their training in the UK, which in turn will improve the overall quality of healthcare in Palestine.”



“Through FQMS and Juzoor, I had the opportunity to do a 2-year fellowship in laparoscopic general surgery at Southampton University Hospital. This fellowship provided me with excellent exposure to complex minimally invasive gastrointestinal (GI) surgery, particularly laparoscopic colorectal surgery and endoscopy. Moreover, I have developed my knowledge of the holistic management of various complex pathologies. I believe both my patients and colleagues in Palestine will benefit from my experience in the UK, as I will implement new minimally invasive techniques in the management of GI pathologies including cancer. I will encourage my colleagues to adopt the culture and standards of UK medical practice, including Multi-Disciplinary Team discussions and decision-making.”



“I applied for a scholarship from the programme run by Juzoor and FQMS. They arranged a fellowship at King’s College Hospital, London where I focused on knee and shoulder surgery between March 2014 and March 2016. I was also involved in complicated trauma cases. During that period I passed part one FRCSOrth. In March 2016, I finished my training and went back home. I started working in Ramallah again, where there have been many shoulder and knee cases for me to treat as we don’t have any shoulder or knee surgeons in the West Bank or Gaza. My training has been beneficial, as I have been involved in complicated trauma cases. We have managed to reduce the transfers to hospitals outside of the West Bank and we can now treat most of our cases.”


“This training experience has had a great effect on my knowledge and practice, it has given me the chance to see advanced procedures and update my skills in my field. It has shown me the great effect teamwork can have on the treatment process. I am now hoping to transfer this to Palestine, so that we can improve the knowledge available to care and treat the sick children to the best of our ability.”



“After I finished my obstetrics and gynaecology training in Palestine. I wanted to have more training in gynaecological oncology surgery. Unfortunately, in West Bank, though the training programme started about a decade ago, we still have a long way to go and don’t have a referral hospital where trainees can be introduced to all kind of cases. The opportunity in the UK came up. I believe if FQMS can continue this scheme for a several years and we will end up with a full team of doctors in every speciality. These specialists will be able to teach what they have learned to the next generation of Palestinian doctors when they go back home.”

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